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Old 01-08-2014, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake/NASA
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Slightly bigger than the entire state of New Jersey. Slightly smaller than the entire state of Massachusetts. And still growing by leaps and bounds. I've lived here all my life, and never knew just how geographically big we are. There needs to be a permanent sticky at the top of the Houston Forum that reads "Houston is not walkable, hasn't been since the 1800's, and likely never will be again, save for a (VERY) few expensive, close-in neighborhoods".
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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Houston should be split into several different cities for people to get better government representation
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Westchase
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Houston should be split into several different cities for people to get better government representation
I've thought about that myself. I know that COH used annexation as tactic to keep their tax base stable when everyone was fleeing the urban core for the suburbs, but now that the core is growing again, maybe it's time to cut the cord.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:54 PM
 
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People who move here have no idea how big of an area it is and try to live far away from their work. Then they gripe about the traffic. I think...don't live in the Woodlands if you work in the energy corridor.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:26 PM
 
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They don't realize they're the reason traffic is so bad. It was not like this in the 90s before huge numbers of people started coming
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Austin/Houston
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Houston takes up 600 sq miles out of the entire 10,000. Why are people talking on here like Houston is the entire area with no separate governments? There's Pearland, Galveston, League City, The Woodlands, Dicksonson, Katy, Sugarland, and etc. But i do agree that the city of Houston would have better order to it if the city limits weren't so gigantic.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Slightly bigger than the entire state of New Jersey. Slightly smaller than the entire state of Massachusetts. And still growing by leaps and bounds. I've lived here all my life, and never knew just how geographically big we are. There needs to be a permanent sticky at the top of the Houston Forum that reads "Houston is not walkable, hasn't been since the 1800's, and likely never will be again, save for a (VERY) few expensive, close-in neighborhoods".
If you're trying to equate Houston and it's walkable issue to the entire metro, then you have to understand that no metro is walkable than. All of greater Washington isn't walkable. All of Chicagoland isn't walkable. Heck, all of Tri-State isn't walkable. I have to believe that Houston was walkable before the automobile era began.
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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If you're trying to equate Houston and it's walkable issue to the entire metro, then you have to understand that no metro is walkable than. All of greater Washington isn't walkable. All of Chicagoland isn't walkable. Heck, all of Tri-State isn't walkable. I have to believe that Houston was walkable before the automobile era began.
Houston's population before the automotive industry was under 20,000 - I am sure it was walkable or horse & buggyable (new word).
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:17 PM
 
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Houston's population before the automotive industry was under 20,000 - I am sure it was walkable or horse & buggyable (new word).
And local historians will tell you that Houston had streetcars, too. My grandparents lived in the Heights during the First World War and the streetcar line ended quite a few blocks from their home. When they and their neighbors reached the last stop, everyone got off and walked.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:52 PM
 
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And local historians will tell you that Houston had streetcars, too. My grandparents lived in the Heights during the First World War and the streetcar line ended quite a few blocks from their home. When they and their neighbors reached the last stop, everyone got off and walked.
I hope there was a McDonald's and Krispy Kreme between the end-of-the-line and their house.
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